JAMESTOWN – WNYNewsNow’s with a look back at this week’s trending stories. The stories are sorted by viewership and interaction.
#5: A motion to dismiss second-degree murder charges against David Waggoner, who is accused of shooting to death William J. Michishima, was denied by Judge David Foley Thursday morning.
Public defender Nathaniel Barone raised the motion, challenging that district attorney Patrick Swanson did not have enough evidence to present to a jury. Foley denied the motion.
Also, in Thursday’s session, Foley ruled that two prospective witnesses, a nurse at UPMC Chautauqua, and a neighbor of Michishima, could not take the stand to testify.
#4: Randolph man was sentenced to serve 90 months in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of fentanyl analogue.
U.S. Attorney Ames P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Judge Geraci sentenced Scott K. Fairbanks, 29, of Randolph, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of a fentanyl analogue, to serve 90 months in federal prison.
#3: An Ashville Air Force veteran and his family will be featured on lifetime’s military makeover show, hosted by Montel Williams, in May.
Willett served as an air force weapons and supply technician for special operations teams in Iraq and Afghanistan starting in 2009.
During a mission in Kandahār, Afghanistan, the airman was severely injured in a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) attack.
Willett said the reason he signed up for the show isn’t to just improve his home; but to create a better place for his wife, three-year-old son and newborn baby girl.
#2: An attempt by Jamestown police to stop a motorcycle for inadequate tail lights turned into a chase through Jamestown and the Towns of Ellicott and Busti at about 10 p.m. Saturday.
According to Jamestown police, Victor J. Cameron, 44, of Jamestown, was driving on falconer street when police attempted to stop him for improper tail lights.
Police said he fled and they pursued through Jamestown into the Town of Ellicott and the Town of Busti, back into Jamestown.
#1: An Amish horse and unoccupied buggy that was traveling the wrong way on I-86 eastbound near Kennedy was struck by a semi-truck Sunday night.
New York State Police said the horse and buggy’s owner, Emanuel Kurtz, 44, of mud creek road, told investigators the horse ran off with the buggy before he could get the buggy secured.
The horse ended up going the wrong way on I-86 when it was hit by the semi.